The United States aircraft company Boeing recommended grounding its 777 model worldwide after one of these models suffered engine failure in Denver.
There were 82 of these 777 model aircraft, which are used by airlines in the US, Japan and South Korea.
The Garuda Indonesia airline also operates the Boeing 777, but it is different from the one that suffered engine failure in Denver.
The main director of Garuda, Irfaniaputra, through a statement to BBC News Indonesia said, “What we have [model] 777-300ER is not 777-200 [seperti yang mengalami insiden di Denver].”
“Engine Our (engine) is from GE not Pratt & Whitney. God willing, it is safe, “said Irfan.
He explained that the 10 B777-300ER aircraft operated by Garuda “have met the flightworthiness criteria” based on the provisions aircraft maintenance manual under the supervision of the Directorate of Airworthiness and Aircraft Operations (DKPPU).
The plane that was damaged in Denver on Saturday (20/02) carried 231 passengers.
The engine malfunctioning forced the plane to return to Denver airport. No one was injured in the incident.
Initial findings suggest there is damage fan blade engine on the Boeing aircraft.
Irfan said the B777-200 type, which suffered engine failure in Denver, was different from the B777 series fleet that Garuda Indonesia currently operates, namely the B777-300ER type.
“Basically it has specifications engine which is different, where the B777-300 ER aircraft currently operated by Garuda Indonesia uses the GE90-115B type engine made by the General Electric manufacturer, “said Irfan.
United Airlines and two Japanese airlines have said they have stopped operating 62 of their 777 models.
Korean Air said they would grounding against six planes.
‘Everything must be banned from flying’
Boeing said in total there were 182 aircraft using engines such as those with engine failures in Denver and all should be grounded.
The plane that was in trouble in Denver was using an engine made by Pratt & Whitney.
“While the investigation is being carried out, we recommend temporarily suspending the operations of the 69 aircraft currently in operation and the 59 aircraft in the hangars of the 777 model using Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines,” said a statement issued by Boeing.
Pratt & Whitney said they had sent a team to work with investigators.
According to the federal aviation agency FAA, United Airlines is the only airline in America that operates the 777 model. Outside the US, this model is used by airlines in Japan and South Korea.
In these two countries, all Boeing 777 aircraft with Pratt & Whitney engines are prohibited from entering their airspace until further notice. The ban covers takeoffs, landings and flights.
The Japanese government ordered JAL and ANA airlines to stop using all Boeing 777 aircraft that use the Pratt & Whitney model 4000 engines.
Last December, JAL flights were forced to return to Naha Airport due to a malfunction in the left engine. The plane is the same age as the one that experienced the disruption in Denver, which is 26 years.
The plane that experienced engine trouble on Saturday (20/02) was United Airlines flight 328 which was supposed to take passengers to Honolulu.
The FAA said the aircraft had a starboard engine failure. Debris from the crashed plane littered a residential area in Denver.
The FAA then ordered further inspections of all Boeing 777 jets with Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines following the incident.
Preliminary findings by the US National Transportation Safety Agency (NTSB) suggest the most serious damage was to the starboard engine. The main body of the aircraft also suffered minor damage, the NTSB said.
In 2018, the right engine of a United Airlines plane failed just moments before landing in Honolulu.
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